Game Recap 5/16/23 | Guardians Lose 3-8 at White Sox

May 16, 2023

Andy Billman

3 Observations from the Game

1 – Bieber Bad 

Shane Bieber is rarely bad, but tonight Bieber struggled as he had runners on all night and finally got burned in the 5th with the White Sox scoring 6 runs, all with 2 outs. 

2 – Zunino’s struggles continue 

The bottom of the 5th was a horror show, and it got kicked off with Mike Zunino’s catcher interference.  This will be a daily PSA until a change is made with Zunino; the Guardians have to make a change with Zunino. He’s bringing down the club.

3 – Hits scattered

The Guardians got nine hits tonight, which is not a low number, but they are still not scoring runs with only three.  Cleveland has to put more pressure on the pitcher, as the Guards lacked traffic on the bases.  

Game Summary

In Tuesday night’s game, Luis Robert Jr. continued his impressive home run streak by hitting a homer for the fourth consecutive game. The Chicago White Sox showcased their power as Gavin Sheets and Jake Burger also went deep off Shane Bieber during a six-run fifth inning. The White Sox triumphed over the Cleveland Guardians with a final score of 8-3.

Lance Lynn, the winning pitcher with a 2-5 record, delivered a solid performance, allowing only one earned run out of three and giving up seven hits in seven innings. He displayed his prowess on the mound by striking out seven batters and not issuing any walks.

Luis Robert’s solo shot in the eighth inning, a deep hit to left, marked his league-leading 12th home run of the season. His achievement made him the first White Sox player since Matt Davidson in 2017 to hit a home run in four consecutive games.

In the pivotal fifth inning, Gavin Sheets launched a three-run homer, while Jake Burger blasted a two-run drive. These hits were part of a remarkable stretch where the White Sox recorded six consecutive hits with two outs, propelling them to a commanding 6-0 lead.

Shane Bieber, the losing pitcher with a 3-2 record, was charged with six runs, five of which were earned, as he faced a barrage of 12 hits in just 4 2/3 innings.

Contributing to the White Sox’s offensive dominance, Yoán Moncada and Andrew Vaughn both contributed with two hits and an RBI each.

Cleveland’s Steven Kwan managed to drive in runs with a sacrifice fly and a double, providing some consolation for his team.

The Guardians played without their All-Star third baseman, José Ramírez, who was placed on the bereavement list due to the passing of his grandmother. Manager Terry Francona confirmed that Ramírez would rejoin the team for their upcoming three-game series against the New York Mets, starting on Friday.

Lance Lynn demonstrated his prowess early on, retiring the first 11 batters from Cleveland until Josh Naylor singled to right field with two outs in the fourth inning. Naylor, who took Ramírez’s batting order position, unfortunately, had to leave the game in the sixth inning due to tightness in his left leg.

In the eighth inning, Myles Straw led off against Lance Lynn and reached base on a throwing error committed by shortstop Tim Anderson. Straw capitalized on the opportunity and scored on Steven Kwan’s double, which brought an end to Lynn’s night. Kenyan Middleton took over the pitching duties but allowed two infield singles, resulting in another run being scored.

Up Next

Wednesday – Game 2 vs. Chicago White Sox 8:10 PM EST. Cleveland RHP Peyton Battenfield (0-4, 4.45 ERA) starts against Chicago RHP Mike Clevinger (2-3, 4.79)

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